Making the Connection - CME Monterey, CA

March 17, 2018


Interactive & Engaging


Expert Faculty


6.25 CME Credits


Cutting Edge Education


Complimentary Breakfast & Lunch

An engaging & entertaining


For Savvy Healthcare Professionals


Saturday, March 17, 2018

7:30am – Registration & Breakfast

8:00am – 5:00pm – Conference


Monterey Conference Center

One Portola Plaza

Monterey, CA 93940

How Much:

$50 per person

After March 7, 2018: $65 per person

Registration is limited to only 200 professionals. Register early, this program will sell out.

Parking: Parking is available downtown at the West Garage for $10 and the East Garage for $7. For more info on parking visit

Online registration for this event is now SOLD OUT and closed.  Check out our other CME events here.

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The most cutting-edge TYPE 1 & TYPE 2 diabetes education for


  • LEARN from the nations LEADING experts in diabetes treatment
  • Earn 6.25 CME CREDITS
  • Enjoy a healthy & delicious BREAKFAST & LUNCH
  • Recieve DOWNLOADABLE slide decks of all speaker presentations
  • Most importantly, help YOUR PATIENTS reach their treatment goals


This premier conference focuses on five distinct areas surrounding type 1 & type 2 diabetes management & education:

  • Clinical trials and why positive results disappear in real-world practice
  • The emotional barriers that affect diabetes management and how to work through them
  • Oral medications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes
  • Injectable agents including GLP-1 receptor agonists, basal insulin and more intensive regimens
  • State-of-the-art treatment strategies for people with type 1 diabetes

Interactive Education

Cutting-Edge Research

Expert Speakers

I love attending this CME conference every single year to see what new therapies & trends are on the horizon for my patients with diabetes.

– MTC Conference Participant 2017


Making the Connection Conference Schedule

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7:30AM - 8:30AMRegistration & Continental Breakfast
8:00AM - 8:15AMProgram Overview & Introduction
Steven V. Edelman, MD
8:15AM - 9:00AMThe Efficacy Mirage in Type 2 Diabetes : Why Do Clinical Trial Results Disappear in Real-World Practice?
William Polonsky, PhD, CDE
9:10AM - 10:10AMYou CAN Always Get What You Want…Good Health and a Long Life!
Steven V. Edelman, MD
This session is held in tandem with the TCOYD Conference & Health Fair for people with diabetes
10:10AM - 10:30AMSweet and Not-So-Sweet Emotions
William Polonsky
This session is held in tandem with the TCOYD Conference & Health Fair for people with diabetes
10:40AM -11:25AMBreak & Visit Health Fair
11:30AM -12:30PMClinical Applications of Injectable Agents: GLP-1 Receptor Agonists, Basal Insulin and More Intensive Regimens
Ian Blumer, MD, FRCPC



12:30PM - 1:00PMEnjoy a Delicious & Healthy Lunch
1:15PM - 2:15PMWhich One, and When? Oral Medications for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and Their Cardiovascular Affects
Juan Pablo Frias, MD
2:15PM - 3:25PMCutting-Edge Strategies for the Treatment of People with Type 1 Diabetes
Steven V. Edelman, MD
3:30PM - 4:30PMCombined Patient-Provider Workshop:
"My Doctor Doesn't Get It! My Patients Don't Listen!

William Polonsky, PhD, CDE, and Steven V. Edelman, MD
4:30PM - 5:00PMMaking the Connection: Insights & Observations
William Polonsky
This session will discuss participant observations and insights gained regarding the important and difficult issues that people with diabetes face on an everyday basis.
Session held in tandem with the TCOYD Conference & Health Fair for people with diabetes.


Early Bird Pricing NOW until March 7: $50!

$65 per person after March 7, 2018

Online registration for this event is now SOLD OUT and closed.  Check out our other CME events here.


Speakers & Faculty

*extra-relatable faculty (they’re living with type 1)


*Steven V. Edelman, MD
TCOYD Founder & Director

Dr. Edelman is the founder and director of Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System of San Diego. He is also the director of the Diabetes Care Clinic at the VA Medical Center. Dr. Edelman, who has type 1 diabetes himself, has written more than 200 articles, five books, and has won numerous awards for teaching and humanitarianism. He has been chosen by the medical students at UCSD as the ‘teacher of the year’ numerous times. Among his many honors, Dr. Edelman has received the ‘Diabetes Educator Of The Year’ award by the American Diabetes Association, the ‘Distinction in Endocrinology’ award by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and named ‘Top 1% of U.S. Endocrinologists’ by US News and World Report.

William Polonsky, PhD, CDE
Clinical Psychologist; Founder & CEO, Behavioral Diabetes Institute

Dr. Polonsky is President and Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world's first organization totally dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. He is also Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Polonsky received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as Senior Psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. A licensed clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator, he received the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 Richard R. Rubin Award for distinguished contributions to behavioral medicine and psychology. Dr. Polonsky’s most recent research projects have focused on quality of life in diabetes, diabetes-related distress and depression, hypoglycemic fear, and glucose monitoring behavior and attitudes in people living with diabetes.

Ian Blumer, MD, FRCPC
Endocrinologist, Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre, University of Toronto

Dr. Blumer is an endocrinologist in Toronto, Canada. He is a director of the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre, a lecturer at the University of Toronto, and is Chair of the Endocrine Society Diabetes and Pregnancy Clinical Practice Guideline Task Force. Dr. Blumer has been awarded the Canadian Diabetes Association’s highest clinical honor, the Gerald S. Wong Award, given in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to people living with diabetes; and has been the recipient of the Professor M. Viswanathan Gold Medal Oration Award. Dr. Blumer has delivered lectures across the Americas as well as in Europe and Asia including presenting at scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association, the International Diabetes Federation, the Endocrine Society, the Hong Kong Geriatrics Society, the Chinese Society of Endocrinology, the Emirates Diabetes Society, and the Canadian Diabetes Association. In addition to his scientific publications, Dr. Blumer has authored 9 books including works on diabetes, cooking with diabetes, prescription drug therapy, celiac disease, and doctor-patient relationships.

Juan Pablo Frias, M.D.
CEO, Principal Investigator, National Research Institute

Dr. Frias, a native of Chile, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After serving 5 years as a General Medical Officer in the US Navy, he completed his training in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee, and his Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Frías has held leadership positions in Clinical and Medical Affairs at Eli Lilly, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson, where he served as Chief Medical Officer and Global Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs, Diabetes Care. Dr. Frías has held academic positions at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, where he is currently on the clinical faculty. Dr. Frías has been involved in diabetes and metabolism-related research for over 15 years and has authored numerous publications in this field.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Uni­versity of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Taking Control of Your Diabetes. The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA: The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: For the purposes of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Cate­gory 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of re-licensure, the Califor­nia Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ (report up to 6.25 hours of credit and list “CME Category 1” as the provider number).

Physician Assistants: The AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Phy­sician assistants may receive a maximum of 6.25 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Pharmacists: The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing education for pharmacist’s coursework which meets the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and is accepted as continuing education by the Medical Board of California.

Certified Diabetes Educators: The University of California, San Diego is accredited by the ACCME, which is on the NCBDE list of approved providers.

Dieticians: AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ meet the requirements of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

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